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List of famous executioners, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top executioners in the world? This includes the most prominent executioners, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable executioners is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic executioners were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned executioners.

These people, like Erich Mielke and Albert Pierrepoint include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known executioners to the lesser known executioners of today, these are some of the best professionals in the executioner field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous executioners ever?" and "What are the names of famous executioners?" then you're in the right place. (59 items)
Erich Mielke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Executioners
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Erich Fritz Emil Mielke was a German secret police official in the service of the Soviet Union and East Germany. A member of the Communist Party of Germany, Mielke was one of two triggermen in the 1931 murders of Berlin Police Captains Paul Anlauf and Franz Lenck. Mielke escaped prosecution by ...more

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Age: Died at 93 (1907-2000)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Profession: Politician, Police officer, Executioner

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Harry Bernard Allen was one of Britain's last official executioners, officiating between 1941 and 1964. He was chief executioner at 29 executions and acted as assistant executioner at 53 others at prisons in London, Manchester and Leeds. He was for 14 years an assistant executioner, mostly to Albert ...more

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Age: Died at 81 (1911-1992)

Birthplace: Denaby Main, United Kingdom

Profession: Executioner, Bus driver

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Thomas Pierrepoint


Thomas William Pierrepoint was one of the United Kingdom's executioners from 1906 until 1946. He was the brother of Henry and uncle of Albert. He was born in Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, the second child and eldest son of Thomas and Mary Pierrepoint. He worked as a hangman for 39 years until ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1870-1954)

Birthplace: Sutton Bonington, United Kingdom

Profession: Executioner

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Giovanni Battista Bugatti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Executioners
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Giovanni Battista Bugatti was the official executioner for the Papal States from 1796 to 1865. He was the longest-serving executioner in the States and was nicknamed Mastro Titta, a Roman corruption of maestro di giustizia, or master of justice. At the age of 85, he was retired by Pope Pius IX with ...more

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Age: Died at 90 (1779-1869)

Birthplace: Senigallia, Italy

Profession: Executioner

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John Ellis


John Ellis was a Rochdale hairdresser and newsagent who served as one of the United Kingdom's executioners for 23 years, from 1901 to 1924. Born in the Balderstone district of Rochdale on 4 October 1874, he first worked in a series of jobs as a casual labourer in and around Manchester before getting ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1874-1932)

Birthplace: Rochdale, United Kingdom

Profession: Executioner

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Robert Baxter


Robert Orridge Baxter was an English executioner from Hertfordshire. His career lasted from 1915 to 1935, during which he carried out 44 hangings and assisted at 53 others. ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1878-1961)

Birthplace: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Profession: Executioner

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John Billington


John Billington was an English executioner. He was on the Home Office list from 1901 to 1905. ...more

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Age: Died at 25 (1880-1905)

Profession: Executioner

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Theodor Seistrup was the the second-to-last executioner and the last actively to do executions for the Government of Denmark. ...more

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Birthplace: Slagelse, Denmark

Profession: Executioner

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